Scottish Flowers

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Song for An Able Bastard

I wish I loved an honest girl,

Unseeking and unsought,

Whose lips were soft as they were shy,

And not as they’d been taught

 

I wish— but what’s the use of that? 

The only She in town

Is not so honest as she’s fair—

She’s light as thistle-down!

 

And that’s my luck, for I was born

When a March moon was mad;

I wish I loved an honest girl-

I wish my father had.

 

Eric Linklater (1899-1974)

Reading Scottish poetry in honor of my current location. But not all Scottish flowers have spines.

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Taipei: Night & Day, How to travel?

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The above are only a sample of the vast contents of my bag. My doctor tells me to bring water and sunblock. Photography demands a camera. My art teacher says carry a sketch book everywhere. My writing teacher advises a novel and a notebook. Fashion magazines require mascara, coverup, foundation. (But I have given up on those.) Life asks for a phone, money, keys. The physiotherapist frowns.

What do you bring on your travels?

 

I’m still in Taipei, it is a strange and lovely place. As varied as any city.

Night & Day:

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Note the three little dogs in the basket.